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June 21, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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Peter Harckham seeks new term


Bedford and Pound Ridge’s county legislator Peter Harckham announced his intention to run for re-election June 18 at the Mount Kisco Village Hall.


Bedford and Pound Ridge’s county legislator Peter Harckham announced his intention to run for re-election June 18 at the Mount Kisco Village Hall, campaigning on a platform of reducing the size of the county government, protecting programs that help families and safeguarding Westchester’s watershed.

“Over the past six years, I worked tirelessly toward achieving these goals and by working together, we have accomplished a great deal,” Mr. Harckham said on Tuesday. “County taxes are down 2.2 percent. Spending has been cut by $100 million and the size of the county workforce has been downsized by 15 percent.”

Mr. Harckham, a Democrat, was first elected to his position in 2007. Since then, he has served three two-year terms on the Westchester Board of Legislators. He was selected by the board in 2010 to serve as its majority leader. In addition to Bedford and Pound Ridge, Mr. Harckham represents Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem and parts of Somers.

Mr. Harckham promoted his environmental record, especially his hand in acting to enable communities to build alternative sewage options in areas with problem septics. During past public town board meetings in Bedford, Mr. Harckham said these alternatives, called enhanced treatment units, act as a sewage treatment plant in a box and can use inexpensive materials such as peat or sawdust to treat solid waste for clusters of buildings. He said environmental agencies such as the New York City Department of Environmental Protection are beginning to relax their regulations on this kind of treatment technology, which could save municipalities from having to construct a costly sewer system.

“I’ve been a leader in protecting our drinking water by securing over $20 million in outside funding for water protection projects,” Mr. Harckham said on Tuesday. “I’ve saved homeowners, businesses and municipalities right here in northern Westchester millions of dollars through innovative solutions to burdensome state-mandated septic policy.”

Mr. Harckham criticized his Republican opponent Andrea Rendo, saying she supports county executive Robert Astorino’s budget positions. Mr. Harckham was not in favor of some of the provisions of Westchester’s 2013 budget, which passed after two Democratic legislators, Michael Kaplowitz of Somers and Virginia Perez of Yonkers, voted with the county’s Republican minority to pass the budget bill last year. It passed in December despite attempts from board chairman Kenneth Jenkins, D-Yonkers, and the rest of the Democratic majority to block the bill by attempting to end the legislative session, walking out of the legislative chamber of the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains and tuning off the lights and microphones in the chamber.

“Recently, my opponent came to Mount Kisco to declare her support for the county executive’s budgeting priorities for Westchester — a budget that was passed with no analysis, no discussion and no public input for analysis for the committee on budget appropriations,” Mr. Harckham said.

The majority leader told the audience at his campaign speech in Mount Kisco to look around at the intuitions that have lost funding due to cuts in the 2013 budget, naming organizations such as the nearby Mount Kisco Child Care Center and the Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Harckham also has been critical of Mr. Astorino’s position to raise child care contribution fees for low-income families, saying that the increase could lead to some parents quitting their jobs to look after their children, leaving them to seek more government services.

Despite these differences, Mr. Harckham said that the county legislature works together on the majority of issues, one of them being the source of income bill that passed Monday night, which seeks to prevent landlords from discriminating against potential home-buyers and renters based on where their income originates.

“We’re a small enough group where its easy to do,” Mr. Harckham said. “Yes, we have our disagreements at times, we try and work through them, but honestly 90 percent of the stuff we get done without controversy because we take the time to work it through.”

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